Occupy Wall Street Confronts President Obama In NH
In the past, President Obama has been quick to condemn violence against peaceful protesters:
“As the situation continues to unfold, our first concern is preventing injury or loss of life, Obama said. “So I want to be very clear in calling upon the… authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protesters.
The people… have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny.”
The only problem is Obama made this statement in January, and he was referring to Egyptian protesters. When it comes to protecting the Americans of the Occupy Wall Street movement from the excessive and illegal violence of multiple police forces across the country, the President has been silent.
So OWS participants in New Hampshire decided to deliver message that the President couldn’t ignore.
Using the “human microphone” that has become common at Occupy Wall Street demonstrations across the country, a group interrupted Obama as he prepared to deliver a speech at a Manchester high school assailing Republicans for inaction on the economy.
First, there was stunned silence. Obama paused. Gradually, as the crowd booed and then began to chant, “Obama, Obama.” The president responded, “It’s okay.”
The President didn’t belittle the protesters by trying to shout over them as so many others have done. Instead, he silenced the crowd’s boos and allowed the OWS group to deliver its message.
Afterwards, an Occupy Wall Street supporter literally slipped President Obama a transcript of the mic check while shaking hands (just in case he forgot). The tiny piece of paper read as follows:
“Mr. President: Over 4,000 peaceful protesters have been arrested. While banksters continue to destroy the
Americaneconomy with impunity. You must stop the assault on our 1st ammendment [sic] rights. Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.”
Later @OccupyNH tweeted that Democrats are guilty of aiding the 1%.
Leaked Memo Reveals Wall Street Plot To Undermine OWS
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)